The Lord has been taking me on this journey of self discovery in Him: Knowing who I am, regardless of others’ opinions, thoughts, and expressions — being unmovable. The idea of finding yourself in Jesus seems so simple, but it has been so profound so far!
“For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.” Psalms 139:13-16 NASB
The main thing that has been sticking out to me so far has been this: we are each uniquely made in Christ. Just the very thought of God making us before we were even known by the world, skillfully put together as a masterpiece for all the world to behold the glory of the Lord is so cool! We individually are a unique image of God. That has been so profound for me, and so what does this mean?
Being a unique image and representative of God means you are irreplaceable.
By the systems that are in place in this world (i.e. our college education system and the 9-5 only-way-to-have-a-career ideology) we are told through implication to conform to an image that is not unique. We go to college and have the option of choosing from under 200 majors, and we choose a major in hopes of choosing a route or destiny that best suits our interests. A huge decision, based solely on the brief description that’s given when you go to declare your major in the registrar’s office on campus. Only to be presented with possible careers that you could pursue based on your pick. This career path sets you up for a job where you are then placed in a role that’s easily replaceable as long as you give “two-weeks notice.” Someone else can fill your shoes if there’s enough inquiries to the job posting. We conform to this image because that’s what everyone else is doing, and because that’s what’s normal. That’s what we are supposed to do.
But the beautiful thing about God is that He took His time to create each and every one of us. He formed our inner most parts. He put seeds of greatness in each and every one of us. He gave us unique gifts and representations of those gifts. He has bestowed a grace to each of us. This alone makes us irreplaceable. We can’t be replaced because we matter to the world. We matter because of how important it is for someone else to experience life in Christ through our perspective. Being solely who God has created you to be and in its pure sense is what you were meant to do. God can call you to a 9-5 career, and He can send you to school three times over to get a PhD, but it’s all as His sole representative! Be YOU while doing it. Be His ambassador and do for His glory, not trying too hard to fit in. No one can bring Christ to that job or that school the way you can! Wow!
Being a distinct representative of God means you won’t fit in.
Many times in my life I’ve found myself looking around at others or trying many different activities/joining clubs to find and fit into a niche of people that I thought I related to. Or even unknowingly trying to be something I wasn’t. I was searching for a friend that was operating on the exact same wave length as I was. But guess what? Your exact replica doesn’t exist (and if it does someone is copying someone else)! The beautiful thing about it is, that’s a great thing. The perspective I can give to someone through my experiences in life and what’s inside of me isn’t the same as the perspective someone else can give me. Sharing and being open to receive from others is where the beauty comes from.
Allowing ourselves to be down because we don’t fit in is a deception from the devil. We fit into Christ. We belong in Christ. And that’s where the essence of our purpose and identity will shine from. We can live our life to the fullest through Christ! Not only that, but as we are living in our true form and identity that’s when you will encounter others (i.e. friends) who will be able to support you along the journey. People who are called to be with you on your path. Don’t seek to fit in, seek your identity in Christ!
Learning who the Lord is, is allowing me to learn who I truly am for myself, and in relation to others. It gives me a deeper conviction, and a solid foundation in being able to do anything in Christ. My identity doesn’t change just because the circumstances in my life do. I’m excited for God to lead us all to a place of sincerity in Him. We were called for this!